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Although Santander Holdings owns 60 per cent of the consumer finance business, the rest of Santander Consumer is listed. So the dividend pushed some cash out of the group. The Fed, which raised objections to Santander’s US capital plans earlier this year, did not like that one little bit. And so Santander Group has had to put $21m into its US holding company to make it all better.Continue reading: Santander: dividend dilemma
When BSkyB announced back in late July that it would like to consolidate Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland into Sky Europe, Lex wondered who benefited most. The messy partnership between the three of them, via 21st Century Fox, would become a more coherent European co-habitation in a so-so deal for everyone concerned.
In particular, BSkyB would pay only slightly above the minimum required by German law for the Sky Deutschland shares held by Fox. But given that Fox, a major shareholder in BSkyB, was the seller of the controlling 57 per cent stake most of the money would stay in the family, so to speak. So if you’re family, no problem.Continue reading: BSkyB and Sky Deutschland: An open marriage
Really, it is nothing new. People have been involved in the shmatter business – buying and selling clothes – for thousands of years. It has always been competitive, and still is.
So consider Asos, which has grown rapidly by overlaying new technology onto this ancient business. When the shares were priced at 100 times earnings (February this year) there was an expectation that this growth rate could last forever. Turns out it couldn’t. Here is what has happened to Asos’ revenue growth over the past three years.Continue reading: Asos: mind over shmatter
Microsoft has announced that it has bought Mojang, the company that makes Minecraft, for $2.5bn. Lex hates this deal, as we detailed in a note last week. The broad point is this: Microsoft left the Ballmer era and entered the Nadella era as a company badly in need of a strategic identity. Mr Nadella seemed to be establishing one when he suggested the Xbox was not core. Now comes his first big deal. It’s for a gaming company. Argh.
A few people have been in touch to disagree. They offer three arguments:Continue reading: Microsoft buys Minecraft, Lex digs in